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The Maldives consists of 1190 islands located in the Indian Ocean approximately 310 miles south of India. Two hundred of the islands are inhabited and 105 are resort islands.  The Maldives offers seclusion, privacy, fantastic ocean views, and the most luxurious overwater villas in the world.  World-class scuba diving and snorkelling also help make the Maldives a unique and fantastic beach destination.  There are amazing six-star resorts for those who are looking for the ultimate indulgence as well as a wide variety of fantastic four and five-star properties.  With amazing food, service, villas, and resort facilities, it is no surprise the Maldives is one of the most popular destinations for those seeking the ultimate beach resort holidays.  Transfers to resorts in the Maldives are by seaplane, speedboat, or domestic flight and speedboat.  The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons - the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain.  The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30 degrees.

The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in both population and land area.  With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet.

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The airport sits on its own atoll, Hulhumale, a short boat ride from the capital of Male.  As your plane breaks through the clouds revealing the emerald islands below, prepare for one of the most exciting flying experiences.  The run-way of the airport runs parallel to the shore and creates an adrenalin rush for a second when you think that the plane is landing on water.

Male is a tiny island, densely crowded with motorbikes, bustling business people, hawkers and crisply uniformed school children.  It is overlooked by brightly coloured tall, thin buildings, surrounded by turquoise water and is the centre of the Maldives.

Tourism and fishing are the main industries and there is plenty of big game to go after.  Many of the hotels offer package deals and will set you up with any necessary equipment and bait.  Diving is also popular and for the experienced, diving the wreck of the Maldive Victory is an exciting challenge.  At the deepest point, the ship, which sunk in 1981, sits at 115ft.  The structure is almost entirely intact and is home to a rich growth of sponges, coral and a variety of fish.

Talk to McIntosh Travel today for your holiday to this unique destination.

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